Cynthia Foronda is an Associate Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She is the Immediate Past President of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL).
A pioneer in virtual simulation, Dr. Foronda was one of the first nurse researchers to build evidence of the use of virtual simulation for preparing nurses with competencies for practice. Her work in simulation has been cited as evidence in guidelines set by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, INACSL Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM and the World Health Organization. She developed and psychometrically tested an instrument to measure communication in simulation that has been used across the US and in 24 countries. Additionally, she has advanced the science of cultural humility. Dr. Foronda developed A Theory of Cultural Humility and an instrument to measure cultural humility. Under her leadership as President of INACSL, the INACSL Board of Directors revamped their strategic plan adding diversity as a core value. Recently, she merged the two areas of simulation and cultural humility to develop a model for caregiver education involving culturally-tailored simulations and telehealth for vulnerable populations that was featured by the Macy Foundation. Dr. Foronda has been recognized internationally for her work in simulation and has served on three editorial boards for prestigious journals.
Dr. Foronda received a BS in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MS in Nursing from Cardinal Stritch University, and a PhD in Nursing from Marquette University.